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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Eating Our Own

Love those guys.

The "What is Bluegrass" or defining of any musical genre is dicey.  It assumes that music (and its creators) exist in a vacuum. At the same time, there is a reason that blues, jazz, Bluegrass and hip hop are distinctive categories. 

In addition, Bluegrass is, argueably, more tightly bound to a subculture than most, if not all, other current genres. That subculture has largely disappeared over the last several years, but the music continues and has spread. Since a lot of the newer disciples of the music are separate from that cultural root, there can't help but be some differences in focus and understanding, I suppose.

All of that to say, I'm excited to see what the Bluegrass future holds. There is an awful lot of music being produced and much of it is excellent in terms of production or lyric or music. Some of it is excellent in 2 or all three areas.

 

Thought provoking article...nice job Ted...

Is it Bluegrass?  Is it Rock and Roll?  Does it matter?  Bluegrass has always been a progressive artform, born outside of the traditional confines of the Country and Country/Blues music of the times.  Bands like Greensky Bluegrass bring new and enegetic fans into the fold just like Bill Monroe did in his time.   The traditions will always stand tall and strong but the genre will evolve, as it must to avoid stagnation.